First Big Names Confirmed for Soccerex African Forum

By Community | July 19, 2012

Soccerex have announced the first big names that will be speaking at the Soccerex African Forum in Durban, cialis 23-24 October 2012. Ex-South African and Leeds captain Lucas Radebe will be joined by former Liverpool and England legend John Barnes and ex-Everton and England legend Peter Reid at the event.

Liverpool legend Barnes made over 300 appearances and established himself as one of the greatest players in the history of the club. He earned 79 England caps and represented his country at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World CupTM. Barnes now works as a pundit for ESPN and South African sports broadcaster SuperSport.

Peter Reid enjoyed a long and successful career in English football playing for a host of top clubs including Everton where he enjoyed his most successful spell making over 150 appearances. He represented England on 13 occasions and played in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and 1988 UEFA European Championships.

Radebe started his career at Kaizer Chiefs where he made 113 appearances for the South African powerhouse, he then moved to Leeds United where he became captain and a club legend, playing 200 games for the Yorkshire club. Radebe had a distinguished international career gaining 70 caps for his country and captaining them at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. After retiring from professional football Radebe has stayed in close contact with the game through coaching, punditry and various charity and ambassador roles.

With his Leeds connection, Radebe’s attendance in Durban is symbolic of the special relationship between the cities, which became twinned in 1998. The link is also highlighted by another special Soccerex connection, as CEO Duncan Revie’s father Don Revie, famously managed Leeds United from 1962-1974.

Commenting on the announcement, Lucas Radebe said: “I am delighted to be speaking at the Soccerex African Forum. The event is crucial for the development of football in Africa something that I am very passionate about. The event will also be a great chance to catch up with former professionals’ and as John and Peter are heavily involved in African football  broadcasting through their work with SuperSport, they will be a great addition to the event.”

These greats of South African and English football will be just some of the names participating in the inaugural Soccerex African Forum, an event which will be focusing on a mixture of continental and global football issues; bringing together the leading decision makers in African football business with their counterparts from around the world for two days of unrivalled learning, networking and commercial opportunities.

For further information about this event please call +44 (0)20 8742 7100 or visit http://www.soccerex.com/events/africa/